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- and sometimes the sun shines!

 

 

 

The Lothians Radio Society again participated in the RSGB Microwave Trophy Contest on 3-4 May 2014 from our usual site in the hills near Gatehouse of Fleet in Kirkcudbrightshire. We were equipped for all bands from 432MHz to 24GHz. On the Sunday the Wx deteriorated, turning the field into a quagmire (in the fog) and we closed down early p.m.

Claimed Scores:

BAND      CALLSIGN    POWER    QSOs    POINTS    BEST DX    DISTANCE km

432MHz   GM3HAM/P    100W        22          6468         PA6NL            635

1.3GHz    GM3HAM/P      30W        11          3214       M1CRO/P         494    

2.3GHz    GM4BYF/P     120W         3            813         G0OHM           313 

10GHz     GM3HAM/P      18W         2           1572         G3Z                287    

 

We had been warned that there would be "coos in the field", and they soon appeared.

 

Photos by Alan GM3PSP & Colin GM4HWO

The GM3HAM Contest Group of the Lothians Radio Society had great weather for VHF NFD 2013 which we operated again from our site in the hills above Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries & Galloway. There were ten operators working on the 6m, 4m, 2m and 70cm bands where we made significantly better scores than last year. Conditions were excellent, including some aurora and auroral-E. Our total number of points was more than double that of last year. On the Saturday we were visited by Andre GM3VLB and XYL Veronica.

Seven members of the Lothians Radio Society took part in the RSGB Microwave Trophy Contest on 4th - 5th  May 2013 from our usual site in the hills above Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries & Galloway. Most arrived on the Saturday morning, avoiding very wet weather on the Friday afternoon. The usual field was like porridge, churned up by tractors, and liberally covered with evidence of recent bovine occupancy!  Using the callsigns GM3HAM/P, GM4BYF/P & GM8BJF/P, all bands from 432MHz to 24GHz were operated in rather poor conditions with low activity. Pete GM4BYF was using his recently-completed 3.4GHz equipment for the first time and was pleased to get two good QSOs with it. The weather was good but cold with the only rain falling during the night.

The GM3HAM Contest Group of the Lothians Radio Society took part in the RSGB 2m Trophy Contest on 1-2 September 2012 from our usual location in the hills above Gatehouse of Fleet. On arrival on the Friday afternoon we found ourselves in thick cloud while we erected all the tents. That evening was spent in the Masonic Arms in Gatehouse for dinner and a few pints. It rained during the night but thereafter the weather was excellent for the rest of the weekend. With only two beams to erect (17 element M2 at 45ft / 14m for SSB/CW and 9 element Tonna at 27ft / 8.3m for FM) it was a fairly leisurely Saturday morning and we were all set for the start of the contest mid-afternoon. Conditions were nothing special but we made over 150 QSOs including a number on the continent - 7 x F, 3 x PA and 1 x ON at a maximum distance of 832km. Early on the Saturday evening half of the operators went to the Masonic Arms and returned mid-evening to relieve the remaining operators. The GM3HAM/P operators were Norrie GM1CNH, Brian GM8BJF, Peter GM4DTH, Pete GM4BYF, Brian GM4DIJ & Mike GM4IGS and Alan GM3PSP. 

The GM3HAM Contest Group of the Lothians Radio Society operated in the Restricted Section of RSGB VHF NFD on 7th-8th July 2012 from our excellent site in the hills above Gatehouse of Fleet, looking out over the Solway Firth towards the Isle of Man, and formerly used by Tom Douglas G3BA / GM3BA / SK. Unlike most of the rest of the country we had excellent weather apart from rain during Friday night and a brief shower while packing up on Sunday afternoon. Operation was on 6m, 4m, 2m and 70cm with very long yagi antennas. We were joined by Terry GM3WUX from Glasgow, who was a guest operator on 6m and 4m, mostly on CW.

On 5th - 6th May 2012, members of the GM3HAM/P Contest Group of the Lothians Radio Society again took part in the RSGB UHF - Microwave Contest. We operated on five bands - 432MHz, 1296MHz, 2.3GHz, 10GHz and 24GHz. A 144MHz station was also operated to set up the microwave contacts. Our location was on a hilltop above Gatehouse of Fleet in Kirkcudbrightshire where we have operated many times in the past. Conditions were good and so was the weather although cold with snow falling on hills not far away, as one of our SOTA enthusiasts testified! 

 Photos and captions by Alan GM3PSP.

 

A rainbow over the site on Friday evening but the wx was good for the weekend.

The GM3HAM/P Contest Group of the Lothians Radio Society participated in VHF National Field Day 2011 on July 2nd - 3rd from our usual site in the hills near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfriesshire. We entered the restricted section (in which we have won the Cockenzie Quaich in the past) and operated on 6m, 4m, 2m and 70cm using Yaesu FT-736Rs and solid-state amplifiers. The antennas were all very long yagis fed via Heliax cable.

The GM3HAM Contest Group of the Lothians Radio Society took part in the 2011 RSGB UHF-Microwave Trophy Contest on 7th - 8th May from our usual site on a hilltop near Gatehouse of Fleet. All bands from 432 MHz to 24 GHz were operated under very average conditions. The weather was atrocious at times with very heavy rain but without the high winds that wrecked our station and aerials in VHF NFD last July. The statement that "there's nay coos in the field" was technically correct, but they had been there in force very recently as our boots soon testified! 

 

L-R: Joe GM4LHJ, Brian GM8BJF, Pete GM4BYF, John GM8OTI, Alan GM3PSP, Mike GM4IGS & Peter 2M0PJA. 

Photo by Colin GM4HWO.  

Upon arrival at the portable site on the Friday evening we quickly pitched our tents and adjourned to the Masonic Arms in Gatehouse of Fleet for dinner and a few beers.

Report by Pete Bates GM4BYF:

The station ran 400W to a 2M5WL antenna. Conditions were good at times, especially Sunday.

GM3HAM/P made 231 QSOs for a total of 73,273 points (317 points per QSO). Best DX was EE2W at 1294 km

A small but dedicated group of members of the Lothians Radio Society took part in VHF NFD from our usual site in the hills near Gatehouse of Fleet on the Solway Firth in Dumfries and Galloway on July 3-4. Using the Lothians' distinctive callsign GM3HAM/P, operation was on 6m, 2m and 70cm. The operators were Mike GM4IGS, Alan GM3PSP, Robin GM4YPL, Colin GM4HWO, Pete GM4BYF, Brian GM8BJF, Stuart MM3TZP, Brian GM4DIJ, SWL MIchael.